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The “Open Parliament” on-line platform - an independent digital tool which collects credible data, structured in specific profiles of the deputies, tracking their relations with the public and private sector and their parliamentary activity. The blog is an independent on-line media providing objective information on the work of the authorities, investigating institutional violations and defending the public interest.

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“My Vote” platform is an interactive tool explaining to the voters their rights and obligations, the election procedures – deadlines, responsible institutions, filing of complaints and reports.

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“Zakrila” (which means “Shelter” in English) - an online tool presenting systematic institutional information about the refugees in Bulgaria.

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“For Fair Elections” crowdsourcing tool - a map of the violations in the election process in Bulgaria, based on the Ushahidi platform that was launched for the Presidential and municipal elections in 2011.

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#OurVoiceCounts is a free-to-use platform that integrates more than 60 institutional datasets allowing its users to conduct new types of research.

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Which of the expert recommendations of IPED were implemented in the new Electoral code?

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On the 5th of March, 2014 – the new Electoral code in Bulgaria was enacted after being developed for more than 6 months by the Parliament. Within the framework of this process, the National assembly of Bulgaria initiated wide consultations with civic organizations. The expertise of the Institute for Public Environment Development, as an organization that defends the integrity of the electoral process, was requested on numerous occasions. All expressed positions by the IPED were sent to the Temporary Parliamentary Committee for New Electoral Code. Most of the provided expertise and positions by our organization were reflected in the texts of the new law. Some of the important changes are related to:

 

  • Publication of the Methodology for determining the election results, within the texts of the new Electoral Code;

 

  • Introduction of new mechanisms for transparency and accountability in the work of the electoral administration:

 

  1. -          Meetings of the CEC and DECs will be broadcasted in real time on the Internet. A video-archive of these meetings will also be created on their web-pages;
  2. -          Decisions by those bodies will be taken through roll-call vote recorded in the minutes of their meetings;
  • Introducing guarantees for nonpartisan monitoring of the electoral process, within the texts of the new Code;

 

  • Restoration of the preferential vote as a mechanism, increasing the connection between political parties and citizens;

 

  • Ensuring fair conditions for the participants in elections to conduct their campaigns in the media;